The outfield situation is very fluid, with or without Marcell Ozuna's return. So coming up with games limits for any of these guys at any spot is impossible. Ideally Fowler would not have to play in center field regularly. Ideally, the multiple candidates with more fielding range could handle that assignment while also producing at a solid offensive level.
We barely saw Lane Thomas last season and he has intriguing potential.
I'm sure there will be all sorts of stuff but I spend zero time looking for Cardinals marketing updates. Maybe they will have Ted Simmons Wig Giveaway so fans could emulate his 1970s look.
Faulk will make the occasional high-risk pass, which explains some of his earlier plus-minus totals. By playoff time the Blues hope to cure of that.
Sure. They were just in the playoffs last fall. As they proved twice under this ownership, if you get into the bracket you have a chance. I'd be more worried about the Next Championship if I lived in Baltimore.
Of course the Cardinals will approach Hudson at some point. But will they remember to bring enough money? Hudson has nowhere near Flaherty's potential, but surely he looks at Mikolas and says "I can do that."
The Cardinals are paying Matt Carpenter $39 million the next two seasons, so taking on Arenado as a potential rental player and paying a high price to do that -- Colorado wants young pitching and outfielders --- seems highly unlikely. Once the Cardinals landed and paid Goldschmidt, I believe that effectively ended serious Arenado talk.
He is on the list. So are Beal and Tatum, two very good NBA players.
And so one man's weird obsession came to an end.
I don't think he hated St. Louis, despite that disastrous St. Louis Spirits deal he inherited. Stern might have let Bill Laurie bring a team here if Laurie would have at least pretended to give Vancouver a chance to keep the Grizzlies. But Laurie's impatience cost him his NBA dream. And other than that, St. Louis has remained off the radar screen. As a commissioner, Stern was the best at his craft. I covered that league in the early days of Magic and Bird when that's all the NBA had. Now look at it.
I haven't seen the Cardinals connected to him. The Twins want pitching and at this point I don't see the Cardinals as having a big surplus to trade from to add still another outfielder to their pile.
No, I do not see that. Having 20 players available for a game seems like plenty. Few teams have the sort of depth to make that appealing.
There is some logic in that approach, since 2020 could also be used to continue cycling out bad contracts to gain the flexibility needed to lock in key players and add more talent.
I haven't read about too many teams fighting over him. I'd give him a minor league deal with an invite to camp and the understanding he would get the roster spot if he looked like the same guy he was a year ago.
No idea there. Too many variables, including the Ozuna issue.
If I was a Mets fan, I would be happy to have excellent front-line starting pitching and a GM who, as a former player agent, is willing to take chances to win in New York. I would also know that the roster is not set in stone in early January.
Big, agile defenseman close down the ice these days. Big, agile goaltenders fill the net. The defensive coaching has never been better. Most teams have pretty good defensive structure in place. Also, there are fewer dreadful teams thanks to the salary cap/floor system.
Bad contracts are bad contracts, especially when a guy gets an extension (Carpenter) toward the twilight of his career when he clearly was going nowhere. In some of the other deals, like with Cecil, stuff happens. A guy is good year after year, then he struggles for your team. GMs always assess risk and reward. The knock on Mozeliak s that he played it safe with some mid-level signings and got burned anyway.
Sure, Sanford could be trade bait when the team is at full strength. But at the moment he is ahead of Kostin in terms of helping this team right now. He played on the fourth line in Colorado on a rare start and that's not a role you want to put Kostin in.
Fowler plays right field. Odds on Ozuna? No idea.